Portfolio Guidance for Undergraduate Applicants

For students applying to College of Design programs, a portfolio of your work or an essay about your interests can tell us a great deal about your preparedness for your chosen major. Faculty in the College of Design review these portfolios and provide valuable input during the Admissions process. We'll learn more about whether your interests align with what we do here at Georgia Tech, as well as your long-term professional aspirations.

Our degree programs heavily emphasize creativity and the act of making, whether that be through drawings, physical prototypes, the design of instruments, or software development. A portfolio is an important way for you to demonstrate your creative and artistic skills that go beyond what can be captured through the application alone. If you wish to include information about your aptitude and interests in a specific major in the College of Design, be sure to have it in your portfolio or essay.

We hope that you take the time to carefully curate and craft your portfolio so that it is the best reflection of you and shows why Tech is the right place for you.

  • Music Technology: The School of Music requires a portfolio and essay for all applicants that focus on your understanding of the major, your career goals, and your previous experiences with both performance and music technology. Applications without the portfolio and essay will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
  • Architecture and Industrial Design: Although the Schools of Architecture and Industrial Design do not require portfolios, we welcome students to submit a portfolio and/or design essay to provide additional insight into your visual training, professional aspirations, and your qualifications unique to a design-based field.

Music Technology—Portfolio and Essay (Required)

Students applying to the B.S. in Music Technology are required to submit both a portfolio and an essay.

  • Freshman applicants will be given a link to the Music Technology supplemental form on your Georgia Tech application status page after you submit your application. You will have until the document deadline for the round (Early Action or Regular Decision) for which you have applied to submit the supplemental form.
  • Transfer applicants will have the opportunity to complete the Music Technology supplemental form as part of your application and prior to submission.

Essay

Your essay should answer the following questions:

  • What are your career aspirations in music technology? (Note that the Bachelor of Science in Music Technology focuses on music and technical skills that prepare students to design and implement new software, hardware, algorithms, research projects, and other innovative ideas in the music industry. It is not a traditional program in music performance or music production.)
  • Please list your performance experience (acoustic instrument, electronic instrument or voice) including years on that instrument/voice.
  • Please list any music courses that you have taken or ensembles in which you have been a member.
  • What courses and/ or experiences, if any, have you had in music technology?

Portfolio

You are required to submit 2-4 samples of your work by providing a URL where they can be reviewed by program faculty. Please limit each audio or video sample to a maximum duration of 3 minutes. Examples can include, but are not limited to:

  • Solo performance on your acoustic instrument, electronic instrument or voice
  • Recordings, scores or electronic realizations of musical compositions or arrangements
  • Recordings you have produced or engineered
  • Software of hardware you have designed or implemented
  • Reports or results from scientific experiments, particularly if related to music

Please list the URL(s) here with appropriate password information, if necessary (Note: If you are using youtube, videos may be marked as “unlisted”, but please DO NOT list videos as “private”)

In no more than 250 words, describe each of the samples you have included. For samples realized with a group, please describe your specific role.

Architecture—Portfolio or Design Essay (Optional)

Students applying to the B.S. in Architecture may choose to submit either a portfolio and/or an essay.

  • Freshman applicants will be given a link to both the Design Portfolio and Design Essay on your Georgia Tech application status page after you submit your application. You will have until the document deadline for the round (Early Action or Regular Decision) for which you have applied to submit either option.
  • Transfer applicants will have the opportunity to complete the Design Portfolio and/or Design Essay as part of your application and prior to submission.

Design Essay

A successful essay will be no more than 500 words. We encourage you to write about your interest in the major, your career aspirations, and any coursework or extracurricular activities you have done that have specifically prepared you to pursue architecture at Georgia Tech.

Portfolio

A successful portfolio will include 10-20 high quality reproductions of your best and most recent artwork. We encourage you to submit original ideas and work (rather than copies of other artwork). Our interest is in evaluating your skill, craft/discipline, and creativity. Your portfolio can include, but is not limited to:

  • Drawings (especially those from real-life observations),
  • Painting,
  • 2D and 3D design,
  • Photography,
  • Woodworking,
  • Sculpture, or
  • Any other visual media that demonstrates your skill and creativity.

Mechanical and architectural drawings are NOT necessary. If included, they should emphasize design and creativity, and not just technical skills.

Each item in the portfolio should be labeled with:

  • Information about the original size and the medium used (or software, if applicable),
  • Whether the piece was part of a class assignment or done on your own, and
  • A 1-2 sentence comment about the piece that explains your design intentions.

Industrial Design—Portfolio or Design Essay (Optional)

Students applying to the B.S. in Industrial Design may choose to submit either a portfolio and/or an essay.

  • Freshman applicants will be given a link to both the Design Portfolio and Design Essay on your Georgia Tech application status page after you submit your application. You will have until the document deadline for the round (Early Action or Regular Decision) for which you have applied to submit either option.
  • Transfer applicants will have the opportunity to complete the Design Portfolio and/or Design Essay as part of your application and prior to submission.

Design Essay

A successful essay will be no more than 500 words. We encourage you to write about your interest in the major, your career aspirations, and any coursework or extracurricular activities you have done that have specifically prepared you to pursue industrial design at Georgia Tech.

Portfolio

A successful portfolio will include 10-20 high quality reproductions of your best and most recent artwork. We encourage you to submit original ideas and work (rather than copies of other artwork). Our interest is in evaluating your skill, craft/discipline, and creativity. Your portfolio can include, but is not limited to:

  • Drawings (especially those from real-life observations),
  • Painting,
  • 2D and 3D design,
  • Photography,
  • Woodworking,
  • Sculpture, or
  • Any other visual media that demonstrates your skill and creativity.

Mechanical and architectural drawings are NOT necessary. If included, they should emphasize design and creativity, and not just technical skills.

Each item in the portfolio should be labeled with:

  • Information about the original size and the medium used (or software, if applicable),
  • Whether the piece was part of a class assignment or done on your own, and
  • A 1-2 sentence comment about the piece that explains your design intentions.